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Transit’s Conservative Champion


In an item hooked to legal challenges to California high speed rail being made by some Bay Area cities outside San Francisco, Streetsblog links to a bicycling blog trumpeting Paul Weyrich’s work on transit. Yes, that Paul Weyrich, co-founder of both the Heritage Foundation and the Moral Majority.

Weyrich’s work anticipates all the arguments of the professional anti-transit gadflies who, for a fee, appear in cities around the country to argue against whatever transit proposal happens to be on the ballot. (See Rubin, Tom and O’Toole, Randal.)

Co-authored with William Lind, Weyrich’s classic “Twelve Anti-Transit Myths: A Conservative Critique” is worth reading in full.

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